We think we know all about Conan Doyle’s immortal detective, with his pipes, dressing-gown and cocaine – but do we really, asks Sam Leith
A Sherlock Holmes exhibition is to open at the Museum of London on 17th October 2014.
Sherlockians will be delighted to see artefacts such as:
A rare oil on canvas portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle painted by Sidney Paget in 1897, which has never been on public display in the UK.
Original pages from Edgar Allan Poe’s manuscript of The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) never before seen in the UK.
The original manuscript of The Adventure of the Empty House (1903).
The iconic Belstaff coat and the Derek Rose camel dressing gown worn by Benedict Cumberbatch, from the Sherlock BBC television series.
An entertaining exploration of the science and history of the Sherlock Holmes stories, which were written more than 100 years ago by Scottish physician and writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Reinterpreting a literary classic doesn’t reduce its characters to “cardboard cutouts,” as Doyle’s estate has insisted—it informs, critiques, and expands upon the original work and its themes.
We are comforted by his ability to solve intractable problems, but our love of Sherlock, and science, is tinged with apprehension
Rhys Ifans has been cast as Sherlock Holmes’ older brother in drama series Elementary.